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Rational Management of Medicines


									Advanced Course

Rational Management of Medicines
A focus on HIV / AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

30 October – 11 November 2011
Pretoria, South Africa
Advanced Course
Rational Management of Medicines A focus on HIV / AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
30 October – 11 November 2011 Pretoria, South Africa

This acclaimed course has been continually updated and revised over              Duration and certification
its 11-year history and offers state-of -the-art information and practice        2 weeks (90 hours student investment time). Equivalent to 3 ECTS points
guidelines.                                                                      towards the tropEd European Master in International Health. A certifi-
                                                                                 cate will be awarded after successful completion.
Contents overview
Health is an intrinsic human right as well as a central input to poverty         Course format
reduction and socioeconomic development. Cost-effective interven-                The course language is English. The course combines lectures, in-depth
tions including medicines for controlling major diseases exist, but in-          discussions of case studies, short presentations, small group exercises
sufficient funds and a range of system constraints hamper efforts to             and field visits. The course is highly participatory and participants will
expand health services to the poor.                                              be exposed to a wide range of international experiences and materials.
From penicillin to insulin, antiseptics to antiretrovirals, science has led to
dramatic improvements in health worldwide. Medicines are an essential
                                                                                 Health, accident and travel insurance
and cost-effective tool of health care and an important element of health
systems. Yet today, for millions of people worldwide essential medicines         Not covered by the Institute but highly recommended.
remain unavailable and unaffordable. Irrational medicine use is a global
public health problem. Counterfeit and poor quality medicines are an ad-         Application procedure
ditional barrier to equitable access to medicines. Millions of adults and        Please fill in the application form carefully and include all required
children die each year from treatable and preventable diseases.                  documents.
There is an urgent need to implement adequate strategies to ensure bet-
ter access to medicines. It is about getting evidence-based and effective        Application deadline: 31 August 2011
pharmaceuticals to the people who need them, whether by promoting
research and development, reducing costs, improving supply, increas-
ing use and effectiveness, quality and acceptability, or slowing down            Course fee
the development of antimicrobial resistance.                                     The course fee is CHF 3 240.–. For students registered as a tropEd Mas-
Rational management of medicines is critically important in view of              ter student at a tropEd home institution the course fee is CHF 2 800.–
constrained health budgets to achieve efficiency, equity and quality of          (including tuition, accommodation /full board and transport during the
health care in pluralistic and reforming health systems.                         course in South Africa). The fee must be paid 4 weeks before the start of
                                                                                 the course. This sum includes also the registration fee of CHF 500.–
Objectives                                                                       which is due at the moment of acceptance. If a participant does not at-
                                                                                 tend the course, the registration fee cannot be reimbursed. If cancella-
To enable health professionals to understand and apply the concepts and
                                                                                 tion is less than 4 weeks before beginning of the course an additional
principles of essential medicines and rational medicine management with
                                                                                 fee of CHF 500.– will be charged. Cost for international flights must be
a focus on the diseases of poverty HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, to
                                                                                 added. Travel to South Africa has to be organized by the participant.
recognise the need for a national and international medicine policy envi-
ronment, to improve knowledge and skills and to gain practical experience
for medicine management within different health system contexts.                 Location
                                                                                 The course will be held in Pretoria, South Africa. The Department of
Course topics                                                                    Pharmacy of the Medunsa Campus (previously the Medical University
                                                                                 of Southern Africa) is the host organization. As the capital city of South
– Historic milestones and current global medicine situation
                                                                                 Africa, Pretoria offers a wide range of cultural, social and infrastruc-
– Concept of essential medicines and its relevance in primary health
                                                                                 tural facilities and activities.
                                                                                 A full range of public, private and NGO-based health care facilities is
– Roles of different stakeholders including health workers,
                                                                                 available in Pretoria, from primary health care and ART clinics to ter-
  traditional healers, international organisations, ministry of health,
                                                                                 tiary academic hospitals. The health care infrastructure provides op-
  the pharmaceutical industry
                                                                                 portunities for firsthand exposure to all the components and organiza-
– The global context, health initiatives, treaties and national
                                                                                 tions required to ensure the rational management of medicines. The
  medicine policy
                                                                                 course will include site visits to some of these facilities to ensure suc-
– Treatment guidelines, essential medicine lists and personal
                                                                                 cessful interaction between theory and practice.
  medicine lists
– Patterns of medicine use and adherence, strategies for the
  promotion of rational medicine use                                             Course faculty
– Antimicrobial resistance and approaches for containment                        The course is facilitated by international and national experts. The aca-
– Medicine quality and quality assurance                                         demic panel will include a number of highly experienced professionals.
– Rational management of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis
  treatment                                                                      Course coordinators /coordination
– Framework and components of a medicine supply system                           Dr. Karin Wiedenmayer (SwissTPH)
– Elements of medicine costs, affordability and financing options                Prof. Rob Summers (Medunsa)

Target group                                                                     Contact address
Health professionals and managers with experience (at least two years)           Swiss TPH, Course Secretariat
in international health and the pharmaceutical sector.                           Socinstrasse 57, Postfach, CH-4002 Basel
                                                                                 T: + 41 61 284 82 80, F: + 41 61 284 81 06
Conditions of admission                                                
English requirements: TOEFL Paper 550 / TOEFL Computer 213 / TOEFL     
internet 79 – 80 / IELTS 6.0 or native speaker or completed higher education
in English (with written proof).

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